Rihanna Named Top-Selling Digital Artist, Beats Out Lady Gaga, Eminem

By: Robbie Daw // January 6, 2012
Adele may have ruled 2011 with the top album and single and Kanye West may be watching the throne, but it's Rihanna who's actually sitting on the throne, as far as digital tracks are concerned. The "You Da One" pop minx has captured the title of best-selling digital artist… More »

The 12 Most Anticipated Pop Albums Of 2012

By: Idolator Staff // January 2, 2012
The new year promises a lot of enticing milestones for our favorite artists: Britney Spears’ third wedding, Justin Bieber becoming a legal adult, the arrival of Boof Boof 4 Knowles-Carter and so on. But of course, the pop happenings we're most anticipating are the ones that happen in the studio —… More »

Idolator’s 2011 Music Video Awards

By: Becky Bain // December 29, 2011
Because there were so many music videos to emerge in 2011, we have to give props where props are due. As it would be impossible to simply call one music video the "Best Music Video of 2011," for the first time ever, we're naming winners in a bunch of categories based on the major theme… More »

Beyonce Shares Her Top 10 Songs Of 2011

By: Becky Bain // December 29, 2011
Though Beyonce may or may not be currently holed up in a New York hospital awaiting the arrival of Boof Boof Knowles-Carter (or whatever she actually decides to name her baby), the singer is tiding us over by revealing her Top 10 favorite songs of 2011 on her website. Bey's tastes lea… More »

PopJustice’s Best Songs And Albums Of 2011

By: Becky Bain // December 22, 2011
Our pop peers over at UK music site PopJustice unveiled their picks for the Top 33 Albums and the Top 45 Singles of 2011, and their lists offer both the familiar and the fresh — Lady Gaga's Born This Way topped their album picks, while Martin Solveig's collaboration with Dragonette on "Hello"More »

Britney Spears’ “How I Roll” Named #1 Song Of The Year By ‘Rolling Stone’

By: Becky Bain // December 21, 2011
Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, who writes for the publication's Pop Life blog, gave his picks for the Top 25 Songs of 2011, and there are some real head-scratchers in this bunch: Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" didn't even make the Top 10, while Rebecca Black's "Friday" came in at… More »

Jennifer Lopez, Rebecca Black Had Most Watched YouTube Videos In 2011

By: Robbie Daw // December 21, 2011
When it came to living vicariously through music videos this year, it seems you all either wanted to go hard on the floor or thank God it's Friday, Friday, Friday. YouTube has published a few year-end lists, including its Most Viewed YouTube Videos Globally (Excluding Videos From Major Music Labels) and… More »

Lady Gaga Most Overrated, Madonna Most Anticipated: ‘Billboard’ Readers Poll

By: Robbie Daw // December 16, 2011
Out with the new and in with the, er, mature? Billboard turned the usual year-end list mania over to its readers via polls that asked them to have their say in such categories as Best Awards Show Performance (the winners: Rihanna and Britney Spears at the Billboard Music Awards), Best Festival… More »

Lady Gaga Is Top Female Music Earner, Says ‘Forbes’

By: Robbie Daw // December 15, 2011
Lady Gaga knows all about being a fame monster, but turns out she's quite the cash cow, to boot. Forbes, the publication with a penchant for ranking celebs and their cha-ching, has followed up its World's Most Powerful Women list with the roundup of Top-Earning Women In Music. See… More »

Best Songs Of 2011: The Top 10 Pop Non-Singles Of The Year

By: Robbie Daw // December 14, 2011
Sure, there have been a boatload of decent singles that made an impact both on the charts and in pop culture in 2011. But there were also plenty of outstanding tracks tucked away on your favorite pop artists' albums that never got their day in the sun. Sometimes it may seem like a… More »

‘Saturday Night Live': The Best Pop Star Sketches

By: Becky Bain // December 9, 2011
Katy Perry is bringing her sass and charm (and possibly a range of accents) to Saturday Night Live this weekend. We're curious to see how well Katy does her first time as host, as well as how many times the writers will make use of her cleavage in a sketch. To… More »

Rihanna Is The Most Talked-About Musician On Facebook

By: Robbie Daw // December 9, 2011
Cranking out new music year after year has its advantages — mainly, it keeps an artist in the public eye. Take, for instance, Rihanna, who has topped a Facebook poll on the most talked-about music artists of 2011. (Guess its no wonder, then, why her latest album is titled Talk That Talk?)… More »

Adele Is iTunes’ Artist Of The Year

By: Becky Bain // December 8, 2011
Not only is Adele's music from the past year topping critical lists — she came in at #1 on Rolling Stone's Best Albums and Singles of 2011 features — the Brit singer is triumphing on chart lists, too. Adele's 21 was the top-selling album on iTunes in the last year, and "Rolling In The Deep"… More »

Adele Tops ‘Rolling Stone’ Year-End Lists For Best Album And Single

By: Becky Bain // December 7, 2011
We've already explained our picks for the year's best in music, now it's time for everyone else's opinions to roll out. Rolling Stone unveiled their Top 50 lists of the Best Albums and Best Singles of 2011, and pop holds sway on both. Britney Spears and Beyonce make the cut for the music… More »

2011’s Best Albums: Idolator’s Favorite 10 Out Of ’11

By: Robbie Daw // November 29, 2011
Since January, our ears have reveled in hearing new LPs from several bona fide superstars and promising debuts from up-and-coming artists. Of course, there was also one juggernaut from a power-house Brit vocalist that shattered all expectations. Naturally, a few of our discoveries rose above the usual din, and it's about time we shared the… More »

Lady Gaga’s Workshop: The Top 10 Most Ridiculous Things For Sale

By: Becky Bain // November 22, 2011
Lady Gaga's holiday-themed Gaga's Workshop opened today at Barney's New York, and the store is a little monster's fantasyland of Gagafied goodies, from candy to candles to leather jackets and beyond. Of course, we put an emphasis on "fantasy", because they've got to be dreaming if they think any normal person can afford… More »

American Music Awards 2011: The 6 Most Memorable Moments

By: Robbie Daw // November 21, 2011
Our heads are still spinning from the hefty amount of performances and sheer volume of party-rocking that went on during last night's American Music Awards! In fact, there was so much pop mayhem to sift through that narrowing down six memorable moments was almost impossible. Still, we managed to suss out… More »

The 10 Unlikeliest Pop Stars Of 2011: From Betty White To Bai Ling

By: Mike Wass // November 14, 2011
Once upon a time you needed a record deal and (at least some degree of) talent to release a pop song. But those days are long gone. In 2011, all you need is a computer and a dream — and preferably a role on a reality TV show or a famous parent! Cowering… More »

VH1’s 40 Greatest Michael Jackson Songs List Isn’t Bad

By: Idolator Staff // November 6, 2011
Michael Jackson was not immortal, no matter what Cirque Du Soleil might have you believe. His music, on the other hand, will last forever, and the art of pop is already far better for the influence that Jackson wielded during an historic 40-year career. With an airing of This Is It this week,… More »

Kelly Clarkson’s Top 5 Most Memorable Live Performances

By: Becky Bain // October 25, 2011
We know firsthand how incredible Kelly Clarkson is live — we recently died and went to pop heaven checking out her Troubadour show — but that shouldn't come as a surprise, as the powerhouse vocalist has been delivering fierce and fiery performances her entire career. In celebration of her Stronger album… More »

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